SEAFOOD MAC AND CHEESE – When you have a best friend who’s feeling under the weather and her favorite food is seafood… what do you make her? You make her this cheesy and comforting Seafood Mac and Cheese!
Yesssss! I thought long and hard on what I could make that would be extra, extra special for my dear friend Rhonda. I couldn’t think of anything more comforting than mac and cheese surrounded by a bunch of local shrimp and crab meat… SCORE!
Rhonda is such a sweet and selfless person, when I told her I was making this she replied, “Please don’t go out of your way.” I replied, “Ummmm RHONDA I have a freakin’ food blog and my job is cooking which I LOVE!” 🙂
We met when I started working at a local surgical center in 2012, and we immediately became friends on my first day of work.
Last weekend was my birthday and Brian and I had a party celebrating moving into the new house. The best present ever was her presence and being able to spend time with my friend. We were even gifted with a beautiful rainbow right after she got here!
SEAFOOD MAC AND CHEESE
To make this absolutely delicious version of Seafood Macaroni and Cheese. We’re using shrimp and crab meat, but you could use the seafood of your choice to make this creamy dish. It’s quick and easy to make, and it will bring back lots of great memories of walking in the sand along your favorite beach.
— 2 cups of dry Macaroni
— 6 oz (ca. 227 g). Claw Crab Meat
— 8 oz (ca. 302 g). Shrimp, peeled and deveined
— 8 oz (ca. 302 g). Sour Cream
— 4 Tablespoons Butter
— 2 Tablespoons Flour
— 1 Scallion
— 1 can Evaporated Milk
— 8 oz. block Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
— 4 oz. block Mozzarella Cheese
— ¼ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
— Salt, Black Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350°.
Peel and de-vein shrimp if needed.
Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain well.
Place drained macaroni in a large mixing bowl.
Add the sour cream, stir together well, until all noodles are coated.
Add the crab meat, stir well.
Finely chop the green onion. Set Aside.
Grate the white cheddar cheese. Set aside.
Grate the mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan, or skillet.
Add the shrimp. Turn and stir shrimp until lightly done.
Remove shrimp from pan. Chop slightly when cooled. Add to the macaroni mixture.
Add the finely chopped onions to the sauce pan, sauté until tender.
Sprinkle flour over onions and mix well. Let cook and brown for about one minute.
Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
Gradually add the grated Cheddar Cheese, stirring constantly until the cheese melts.
Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni and seafood mixture. Stir well to combine.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Place the mixture in a well buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle top with grated mozzarella cheese.
Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of the mozzarella cheese. And sprinkle lightly with Paprika, to add color.
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Use your favorite combinations of seafood to make this dish. If you like your mac and cheese a little creamier, add another half cup of milk to the recipe when adding the evaporated milk.